A WOMAN who stood by her partner as he denied accusations of downloading child porn said her life was torn apart when he was convicted of viewing the sick photos in the home they shared.
At the time the accusations surfaced, Jason Wardle had been with his girlfriend for five years. She had thought he was ‘the one’ and that they would marry.
But after initially standing by her man as police grilled him over the charges, the woman, who has asked not to be named, began to realise he was lying to her.
Wardle told his girlfriend the images police found on his computer must have been the result of hackers breaking into his system.
But she said the reality of what he had done dawned on her when police showed her some of the pictures they had found on a computer, mobile phone and CDs at the couple’s shared home.
“They were just shocking to me,” she said.
The woman was arrested alongside Wardle, 27, and questioned at a police station after officers knocked at their door at 6.30am.
She said: “At the time I wasn’t worried as I knew it wasn’t me but I couldn’t believe it was Jason either.”
Wardle denied viewing the images and blamed it on hackers. It was not until he was charged that his girlfriend finally accepted what had happened.
She said: “I felt like my life had fallen apart, like I had been living a lie. I always thought we would marry and have kids – that he was the one.”
Wardle was jailed for 34 weeks after he admitted nine counts of making indecent photographs of children between February 2004 and July 2009.
Police snared him after they discovered messages about sharing indecent images sent from a computer that was registered to the couple’s address in Langley Mill.
Officers raided their house in 2009 and despite them both being questioned, Wardle denied any wrongdoing for another year while the case was investigated.
His ex-partner said: “He told me that he didn’t have a clue what it was all about. He said ‘it’s not me, I promise you’ and so for that year I believed him. He said ‘it will be hackers’.
“At the end of the day I had been in a relationship with him for a long time – I wanted to trust him.”
But as the evidence mounted against Wardle she began to have doubts.
She said: “They told me what time of day the websites had been viewed – it was about three and four in the morning – and that was the time he would be up.”
Then finally officers told her they had discovered images downloaded onto an old mobile phone of his and on CDs.
“I knew then that it definitely couldn’t be hackers,” she said.
Wardle was eventually charged on October 12 last year. As part of his bail conditions he was told not to contact his girlfriend. She has not spoken to him since.
She said: “I don’t ever want to speak to him again.”
Wardle, of Stoddard Drive, Heanor, was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court. He was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and banned for life from working with children.
He was also told that he cannot live in the same home as a person under the age of 16, except with the prior consent of a police officer.